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The Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Training Program

An African American Mother holder her child with a pacifierThis a joint program of the Contemporary Freudian Society and IPTAR

Anni Bergman, PhD, Founding Director

Sally Moskowitz, PhD, Co-Director

Rita Reiswig, MS, Co-Director

Program Description

The Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Training Program began in 1997 at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of CFS (formerly NYFS) and in 2006 came under joint sponsorship of the Institute and IPTAR. The program is unique in offering intensive training in parent-infant work to psychoanalysts and advanced psychoanalytic candidates. Applicants with particular interest and experience in research are also considered, as are applicants interested in only the infant observation year.

The three-year training program includes infant observation, the study of the literature on infancy, infant research, dyadic treatment of infants and their parents, and the application of this knowledge to clinical work with children and adults. A three hour seminar led by program faculty is held weekly.

The full program is offered on a three-year cycle basis, a new cycle beginning in September 2012.

Year One: Infant Observation

The first year is devoted to infant observation which establishes the foundation for later theoretical understanding and clinical work. It is the program’s belief that the close observation of a parent infant couple forms a strong basis for further psychoanalytic training and work. It provides a unique pathway to gaining deeper understanding of the power and intimacy of the analytic relationship as it unfolds in the transference and countertransference, as well as helping attune us to the nuances and complexity of nonverbal communication. There is a parallel between the observer’s role vis a vis the parent-baby pair and the parent vis a vis the baby in processes of containment, affect regulation, and timing, and these elements also can be further thought of as they apply to the analytic situation. Observing the evolution and development of personality in the context of the family, and finding ways to think about this with colleagues is a compelling learning experience.

Each program participant finds a parent-infant pair to observe and makes weekly visits to the home for at least one year. Detailed process notes of the observation are written and presented at the weekly seminar conducted by the program faculty.

Year Two: Psychoanalytic Theory and Research on Infant Development

The second year curriculum begins with the study of recent research in infant neuropsychology and neurobiology focusing on the infant/parent dyad as a biologic entity. The curriculum then moves to psychoanalytic theories of the infancy and the parent-infant relationship, including the foundational work of Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Mahler, Bowlby, and Bion, and contemporary work of psychoanalytic theorists and researchers such as Beebe, Brazelton, Fonagy, Greenspan, Hofer, Sander, Shore, Steele, Stern, Tronick, and Trevarthen. Topics include affect regulation, communication, assessment, attachment theory, separation-individuation theory, and the development of the self. In addition to the program faculty, numerous infant experts from the United States and Europe teach and present their current thinking and research. Program participants also study the literature through an extensive bibliography.

Year Three: Clinical Application

In the third year, program participants concentrate on clinical applications of infant observation and developmental theory, and examine psychoanalytically oriented approaches to parent-infant therapy. They study dyadic treatment of parent-infant pairs and are supervised in their work with parent-infant groups and mother or father-infant couples. For graduation, each student writes a paper which integrates aspects of their three year training and focuses on their clinical work.

Admissions and Tuition

The Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program is an advanced non-credit elective program open to licensed professionals whose scope of practice includes psychoanalysis and who have completed their training in psychoanalysis or who are advanced candidates in a psychoanalytic training program. Applicants with particular interest and experience in research are also considered for admission. Tuition is $2400 per year.

For further information, contact:

Sally Moskowitz, PhD


Rita Reiswig, MS

We Welcome Our New Students 

Kira Blaustein, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist who received her doctorate from Fordham University. She served for several years as intake worker and staff therapist in the Adult Treatment Service at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and participated in the William Alanson White Institute’s Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. She lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in Manhattan.

Betina Fracao is a Psychologist who trained in Brazil. She began her psychoanalytic training in 2005 at the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytic Society (SPPA), an IPA affiliated Institute, also in Brazil.  She is currently an Advanced Candidate in the Adult Program at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). She sees adult patients at the IPTAR Clinic (ICC).

Roberta Greengold is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.  She has both a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing and a Post Masters Certificate Credential as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She is a Certified Lactation Consultant and has a MBA in Management from NYU.  She has been both nurse and manager in Home Care Programs serving mothers and babies.  For the last five years she has worked for Nurse Family Partnership managing a team of nurses serving first time mothers living in Foster Care, homeless shelters and Rikers prison.

Jill Leibowitz, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in NYC. She specializes in play therapy and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She is a graduate of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPT) at the William Alanson White Institute. Dr. Leibowitz is an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, a faculty member of the CAPT program at the William Alanson White Institute, and a clinical supervisor of doctoral students at the Graduate Center at City College of NY.

Sujatha Subramanian, Ph.D. is a graduate of NYU’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and IPTAR’s Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program.  She serves on the faculty of IPTAR’s Adult and Child Programs and the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis where she teaches courses on early development and Freud.  Her clinical interests include early mental states and the intertwining of cultural and self within psychosocial development.  She works with children and adults in private practice.


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